circumscribe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v circumscribe restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
    • v circumscribe draw a line around "He drew a circle around the points"
    • v circumscribe to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Circumscribe (Geom) To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.
    • Circumscribe To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain. "To circumscribe royal power."
    • Circumscribe to write or engrave around. "Thereon is circumscribed this epitaph."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circumscribe To write or inscribe around.
    • circumscribe To mark out certain bounds or limits for; inclose within certain limits; limit; bound; confine; restrain.
    • circumscribe In geometry, to draw around so as to touch at as many points as possible. A curve is said to be circumscribed about a polygon when it passes through every vertex of the latter; a multilateral figure is said to circumscribe or be circumscribed about a curve when its every side is tangent to the curve. The term is also applied simliarly to surfaces. Thus, a cone circumscribes a surface only if every side of it is tangent to that surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Circumscribe sėr-kum-skrīb′ to draw a line round: to enclose within certain limits, to curtail, abridge
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Quotations

  • Christopher Marlowe
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    “Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd one self place; for where we are is Hell, and where Hell is, there must we ever be.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. circumscribere, -scriptum,; circum + scribere, to write, draw. See Soribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scribĕre, to write.

Usage

In literature:

What misery these poor creatures must have endured, cooped up for twenty-one days in that circumscribed space!
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
But the point in dispute is too distinct and circumscribed to require many words for its elucidation.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
His hands, circumscribed to a few inches of movement by the bonds on his wrists, felt the smooth substance at his back.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
But their opportunity for orating is severely circumscribed.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893" by Various
The winter was now on, and Belle's outdoor activities were somewhat circumscribed, for there is a real winter in the Black Hills.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
It is no sandy plain, nor any circumscribed and scant oasis I seem to realize.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Their opponents accepted the issue, and resolved to circumscribe the duke's inordinate powers.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Their lives were circumscribed by their neighbors, and by their governments.
"The Dueling Machine" by Benjamin William Bova
No chauffeur can bear private service with a cheap car in a circumscribed area.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
But by a not very unusual train of circumstance, the man's dexterity was partial and circumscribed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Little is certain, other than the tide that
circumscribes us that still sets its term
to every picnic—today we stayed too long
again, and got our feet wet—
"A Hermit Thrush" by Amy Clampitt
The aching clay may circumscribe my sphere;
Yet in confinement I may labor still
In work which harmonizes with Thy will,
And e'er rejoice to have my Master near.
"God's Plan Is Best" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Making the air, the earth, the heavens bright;
Melodious, tender, sad and gay and free;
By all these gifts true poets born are ye;
Love circumscribes alone your restless flight.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind
Give us the open mind, O God,
The mind that dares believe
In paths of thought as yet untrod;
The mind that can conceive
Large visions of a wider way
Than circumscribes our world to-day.
"Prayer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Other vessels hold wine, other vessels hold oil
inside the hollowed-out vault circumscribed by their clay.
I, as smaller measure, and as the slimmest of all,
humbly hollow myself so that just a few tears can fill me.
"Little Tear-Vase" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

JCOPE and a circumscribed investigation.
When I looked up again, I caught this beautiful Solar Circumscribed Arc vs Halo.
But he knows this one thing for sure--that selfishness circumscribes his creativity.
21 BEST PLACE TO CONTEMPLATE THE MEANING OF LIFE: Follow the paths that circumscribe the pool on 100th or 103d Streets to where the water narrows into the Central Park Loch.
F ebruary, being the shortest month, is the perfect one for a circumscribed term of psychic renewal via self-denial.
In my previous column I conservatively circumscribed about the nature and extent of Obamaholism and Bush Derangement Syndrome that has led many liberal sycophantic sufferers to splash about like Cleopatra, the Queen of Denial.
Until 2006, his life was sedentary and circumscribed, revolving around wife, dog and (primarily) computer.
BEIJING—China's ruling communists are considering a list of candidates for their new Central Committee ahead of a tightly circumscribed vote.
China's ruling communists were handed a list of candidates for their new Central Committee on Tuesday ahead of a tightly circumscribed vote to select a new leadership for the world's most populous nation.
China's ruling communists are considering a list of candidates for their new Central Committee ahead of a tightly circumscribed vote.
The Rim Trail is an "unimproved" trail that circumscribes Page for about a 10-mile trek.
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In science:

The time domain adds an extra dimension to this, allowing the identification of temporally correlated behavior, for example, a X-ray burst followed by an infrared burst may indicate the propagation of a shock front from an originating source to circumscribing material.
Connecting the time domain community with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
In light of recent developments, the favored parameter space may be further circumscribed by the demands of a 124–126 GeV Higgs boson mass.
Testing No-Scale F-SU(5): A 125 GeV Higgs Boson and SUSY at the 8 TeV LHC
The time domain adds an extra dimension to this, allowing the identification of temporally correlated behavior, for example, a X-ray burst followed by an infrared burst may indicate the propagation of a shock front from an originating source to circumscribing material.
Data challenges of time domain astronomy
What we provide here is a random analogue to [11, Theorem 1.14], which can be circumscribed as follows.
A semiuniform ergodic theorem for random dynamical systems
Next, a similar problem is solved for the minimal perimeter and the minimal area of circumscribed m-polygons which has not been previously considered in literature.
U-max-Statistics and Limit Theorems for Perimeters and Areas of Random Polygons
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